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He Who Sings, Prays Twice
from Fr. Chad King on April 24, 2016
In celebration of Easter and with Pentecost drawing near, our Music Director, Matthew Henry, and I thought it was time for something new—time to change the Mass parts that are sung. Over the next couple of weeks, I strongly ask you to come to Mass a few minutes earlier so that we can all learn and practice the new melody. With this in mind, I found the following excerpt from a sermon by Saint Augustine to be inspiring:
Let us sing to the Lord a song of love
Sing to the Lord a new song; his praise is in the assembly of the saints. We are urged to sing a new song to the Lord, as new men who have learned a new song. A song is a thing of joy; more profoundly, it is a thing of love. Anyone, therefore, who has learned to love the new life has learned to sing a new song, and the new song reminds us of our new life. The new man, the new song, the new covenant, all belong to the one kingdom of God, and so the new man will sing a new song and will belong to the new covenant.
There is not one who does not love something, but the question is, what to love. The psalms do not tell us not to love, but to choose the object of our love. But how can we choose unless we are first chosen? We cannot love unless someone has loved us first. Listen to the apostle John: We love him, because he first loved us. The source of man's love for God can only be found in the fact that God loved him first. He has given us himself as the object of our love, and he has also given us its source. What this source is you may learn more clearly from the apostle Paul who tells us: The love of God has been poured into our hearts. This love is not something we generate ourselves; it comes to us through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Since we have such an assurance, then, let us love God with the love he has given us. As John tells us more fully: God is love, and whoever dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. It is not enough to say: Love is from God. Which of us would dare to pronounce the words of Scripture: God is love? He alone could say it who knew what it was to have God dwelling within him. God offers us a short route to the possession of himself. He cries out: Love me and you will have me, for you would be unable to love me if you did not possess me already.
My dear brothers and sons, fruit of the true faith and holy seed of heaven, all you who have been born again in Christ and whose life is from above, listen to me; or rather, listen to the Holy Spirit saying through me: Sing to the Lord a new song. Look, you tell me, I am singing. Yes indeed, you are singing; you are singing clearly, I can hear you. But make sure that your life does not contradict your words. Sing with your voices, your hearts, your lips and your lives: Sing to the Lord a new song.
Indeed, I encourage you to sing with your voices and your hearts at Mass. Our voices are an expression of our hearts. For me, singing (even though I don't have a particularly good voice) helps me to be more engaged with all that I am doing in the Mass. My mind is more engaged with singing and thinking about the lyrics. This, along with the melody, helps my heart to pray. As St. Augustine also says, "He who sings, prays twice." I hope and pray that our singing the new Mass parts will lift our hearts to experience the love of our Lord in a deeper way.
Help Wanted: Adoration Adorers
Tired of the hectic and frantic pace of life today? Are you worried and getting nowhere? Let Jesus be a “Game Changer” for your life. Spend an hour a week with Jesus present – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - in Eucharistic Adoration. Become an intentional Adorer and Follower of Jesus. Knock, Seek and Ask - receive His Mercy and Forgiveness. The Adoration Chapel is a great place to commit to a Holy Hour each week. Allow Jesus to make positive changes in your life.
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Monday: 12:00am, 3:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm, 4:00pm
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Knights’ Sal Scordato Scholarship
Applications for the Knights' Sal Scordato Scholarships are being accepted. The deadline is Tue, May 31.
These scholarships are merit-based and do NOT require financial or hardship criteria for consideration. However, applicants MUST be a member of Corpus Christi Parish, and related to an ACTIVE member of a Knight of Columbus in Council 10062 or Assembly 14.
Please contact Chairman Gene Lutz at Eugene.email@example.com or 480-759-7921 for information and an application.
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Divine Mercy on FORMED.org
Renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley tells the dramatic history of God's Love and Mercy as interwoven through the transformative message of St. Faustina, the miraculous appearance of Mary at Fatima, the witness of Maximilian Kolbe, and the world-changing papacy of Pope St. John Paul II. Featuring the brilliant cinematic artistry of the Augustine Institute's film studio, the vast panorama of God's work of mercy in the world unfolds as a story to be experienced.
Episodes will be available for a limited time on FORMED.org as a special event that began on Divine Mercy Sunday. Each video will be viewable for two weeks and will be placed sequentially on FORMED - one episode each week until the end of June.
Log-in to FORMED.org using our parish code: VD6QM2.
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Join us in celebrating our Parish Feast Day
All are invited as we celebrate both our parish and our community for the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sat, May 21!
The celebration will begin with the 4:00pm Vigil Mass, followed by a procession around the parish campus, and then concluded with a parish-wide potluck! There will be a tree with tags available a couple weeks before the event for families to pick out what type of dish to bring.
Also, we are hoping to have a slideshow presentation during dinner, so please visit our website or contact the Parish Office if you have any photos of past events at Corpus Christi that you would like included in the slideshow. See you there!
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High School Youth Ministry: Mini-Retreat/Lock-in
Apr 29, 2016 to Apr 30, 2016
at Corpus Christi
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St. Gerard's Mass of Comfort and Hope for all those affected by infertility
Apr 29, 2016 (6:00p)
at Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E. Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Complimentary reception with refreshments and resources to follow.
For more information, please contact us at 602-354-2122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Junior High Youth Ministry: Semester Wrap Up
May 1, 2016 (3:00p - 4:30p)
in Rooms 5 & 6
For more information, contact Coordinator of Youth Evangelization Anthony Janus, Anthony.Janus@corpuschristiphx.org, 480-893-8770 ext. 236.
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Women's Sodality Meeting
May 4, 2016 (6:00p)
Please join us for the last meeting of the year. Mass will be celebrated at 6:00pm in the church, followed by our end of the year celebration! Installation of officers for next year will take place during the Mass. An Italian themed meal will be served! RSVP to one of the officers if you are coming.
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St. Gerard Circle: Annual May Tea & Silent Auction
May 6, 2016 (9:30a - 11:30a)
This is the last monthly meeting of the year! We begin with the Rosary in the church and then head over to the Parish Center for an amazingly delicious potluck style brunch. In addition, we will have a silent auction!
We are seeking items for our silent auction. If you would like to contribute an item for the event, please let us know! Please contact Alison at SGCpresident.email@example.com or contact Alicia at SGCfundraising.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Respect Life Ministry's Annual Mother’s Day Bake Sale
May 7, 2016 to May 8, 2016
The Respect Life Ministry will be holding its annual Mother's Day Bake Sale to benefit Maggie's Place and Life Choices Women's Clinic (LCWC). LCWC is a pro-life pregnancy resource center offering assistance and compassionate care for those facing unplanned pregnancy or pregnancy under "less than desirable" circumstances. Its goal is to educate, support, and encourage women and families about healthy options for pregnancy, such as parenting and adoption, while providing education on abortion risks. Services include pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, comprehensive prenatal care, basic women's health services, post abortion support, peer counseling, resources and referrals.
The Respect Life Ministry would really appreciate donations of cakes, pies, cookies, etc. to support this bake sale and wonderful organization. You can drop off your baked goods before the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses over Mother's Day weekend.
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Help Wanted: VBS Artists
May 31, 2016 to Jun 2, 2016 (10:00a - 2:00p)
Come and bring your creative talents!!!! If you are in Junior High or High School, come and help us out for ART WEEK! We need you to help with VBS backdrops and designs that make it such a great week for the younger children. This is a great way to earn any service hours that you may need for school.
WHEN: Tue, May 31, Wed, Jun 1, and Thu, Jun 2
from 10:00am-2:00pm each day
BRING: Brown bag your lunch and we will supply drinks and snacks.
Please call the Catholic Education Office at 480‐893-1160 to conﬁrm.
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Vacation Bible School 2016: Barnyard Roundup
Jun 6, 2016 to Jun 10, 2016
Come join in all the fun at this year's Vacation Bible School!
Barnyard Roundup will be happening the week of Jun 6-10. Children ages 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to participate! (The 6th grade students will be volunteering in daily service projects.)
Volunteers will be needed in all areas including: Teachers, Skits, Music, Recreation, Snacks, and Nursery.
Call the Catholic Education office for more information and to volunteer.
Attention High School students: This is a great opportunity to gather your service hours for the following school year.REGISTER NOW
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Jun 26, 2016
Totus Tuus is a week-long Christ-centered summer program led by college-aged missionaries. This 5-day mission is for youth to come closer to the heart of Christ through the Sacraments, prayer, learning, games, skits, and fun!
in the Fall will meet Mon, Jun 27-Fri, Jul 1.
Students entering 7th -12th grades will meet Sun, Jun 26-Thu, Jun 30.
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Steubenville West 2016
Jul 15, 2016 to Jul 17, 2016
in Tucson on the U of A Campus
Join us for a powerful weekend of encountering Christ through the Sacraments, prayer, dynamic speakers, games, and the joy of joining with hundreds of other Catholic teens! Contact Anthony to RSVP as soon as possible!
Coordinator of Youth Evangelization: Anthony Janus, Anthony.Janus@corpuschristiphx.org, 480-893-8770 ext. 236
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